Suzuki rider cruises to victory in both motos
Dustin Wimmer dominated both motos as he picked up his second straight victory in Round 8 of the ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA ATVA Pro Motocross Championship on June 21.
“I knew it was going to be important to get good starts today, so I was happy to gate in the top three in both motos,” says Wimmer. “The track was in good condition, but was tight, making it a little difficult to pass. I made almost all of my passes in the same corner then just tried to ride well.”
The Team MSR/Suzuki/Yoshimura, Pro Taper Suzuki rider finished ahead of Joe Byrd and Harold Goodman, both of American Honda. Goodman’s third place finish was his first on the podium this year.
Wimmer’s Suzuki teammates Doug Gust and Chad Wienen finished fourth and fifth.
“The day went well, Chad Wienen came back from missing a race. He’s all healed up so we’re really happy with that. Doug Gust rode a really good race – real consistent all day long, consistent lap times,” says Suzuki team manager Kory Ellis “Wimmer … man, he just dominated! He didn’t get the holeshot but he came out second both motos. He had to pass for the lead and then he simply checked out on everybody. He just completely dominated the whole field.”
With his victory Wimmer now holds a 67-point lead over Byrd with three rounds remaining.
“I had the speed for half the motos both times out,” says Byrd. “I need to work on some set-up issues and try to figure out how to stay on his pace. I’m not satisfied with my performance. Second place is not where I want to be.”
Gust grabbed the Suspension Systems Holeshot Award in the first moto and led the pack to the green flag. Byrd and Wimmer also gated well, with Byrd making a quick move to the inside of Wimmer to move into second. Wimmer and Byrd then dispatched Gust and set out on a battle that had the fans running fence line to fence line. Wimmer made an inside move to the lead at the halfway point, then set sail to the checkered flag. Byrd rode home second, while Gust rounded out the podium.
Byrd came out swinging for the second moto, grabbing the ATVRiders.com Holeshot Award. His charge was short lived, however, as Wimmer made a quick move to the inside on lap two to steal the lead. From there he put lap after perfect lap together and gradually pulled away from Byrd.
The race behind the leaders was intense in the second moto. Goodman was riding unchallenged in third while a mammoth battle ensued between the fourth, fifth, and sixth positions between Can-Am’s John Natalie Jr., Kawasaki’s Josh Creamer and Team Epic/Can-Am’s Jeremy Lawson. At one point Creamer tried to force a pass in the rhythm section and collided with Natalie in the air. Both riders rode away from the collision, and Lawson took the position.
The next race for the ITP Tires/Moose Racing AMA/ATVA National Motocross Championship is scheduled for July 12-13 at Pleasure Valley Raceway in Johnstown, Pa.
National Motocross Series Round 8 Results:
|1.||Dustin Wimmer||Suzuki||1 – 1|
|2.||Joe Byrd||Honda||2 – 2|
|3.||Harold Goodman||Honda||5 – 3|
|4.||Doug Gust||Suzuki||3 – 5|
|5.||Chad Wienen||Suzuki||4 – 8|
Championship Points Leaders:
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